Magazine article Variety

Elizabeth Debicki 'I Was a Dancer and I Wanted Words'

Magazine article Variety

Elizabeth Debicki 'I Was a Dancer and I Wanted Words'

Article excerpt

For Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki, theater and film are two sides of the same coin. On one hand, she loves the immediacy and rigor of theater and believes the medium is a pressure cooker that creates refined actors. But she also finds the permanence of film quite appealing. "If I could do one play and one film a year, that would balance me out creatively," she says.

What inspired you to start acting?

My parents are ex-ballet dancers, so we grew up with theater and dance. The first time I saw a play with words, I was watching a production of "The Seagull." I thought I was going to be a dancer - it was kind of the family trade - but then I realized what I loved was theater and language. One of my earliest memories of a film being very poignant and deeply moving was "Leon: The Professional." At that point I didn't think I was going to be an actor; I just remember that film having a massive influence on me.

Why is dance so appealing?

There's a purity to dance. …

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